Breaking: Ezekwesili, Atiku To Sign 2019 Peace Accord Today
The Presidential Candidates of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria [ACPN], Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and her Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] counterpart, Atiku Abubakar are to sign the peace accord on the conduct of the 2019 elections today.
The two candidates and some others were not present when President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC] signed the accord in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ezekwesili had said on Wednesday that the invitation did not get to her but that she would join other presidential candidates to sign the accord.
The National Peace Accord was convened by eminent Nigerians led by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd).
Ezekwesili made her intentions known in a popular Ray Power FM radio programme “political platform”.
“I will be signing the election peace accord this morning at 10 a.m., though the invitation did not get to me but every Nigerian should be interested in a peaceful election,” she said.
The ACPN presidential flag-bearer urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended electoral bill into law to justify his belief in peaceful election.
“If the president didn’t sign the amended electoral bill and he went ahead to sign the peace accord, it means he is inconsistent and contradictory.
“It is very clear that the president is running away from the provision of the bill that when it becomes an act will checkmate any shenanigan and I have earlier called on the president to do what is right for Nigerians.
“The president cannot practise political corruption by using his exalted office as president to further his own interest as a candidate; they are two different things.
“He should not hold the country in a state of possible distabilisation by choosing further his own personal interest.
“Any time that an individual in public office uses his position for personal gain, such a person is practising corruption and I hope that the president will be well advised to do the right thing,” Ezekwesili said.
According to her, Nigeria needs an electoral act that makes the use of smart card reader the only option for the accreditation of those who will be voted in the election.
“We don’t want an incidence form because that is the harbinger of electoral malpractice; we should put that behind us.
“I think that the president will not want to regret the progress we have made in our democratic journey,” she added